Australia: LGBT Terrorist Threatens to Burn Down Church Over Traditional Marriage Billboard

 

 

An evangelical church in Australia has been threatened with an oil fire for displaying a billboard message declaring that God created marriage between one man and one woman.

“On Facebook, a lot of the stuff has been quite vicious at times,” John Gill, senior pastor at Bellbowrie Community Church in Brisbane, told Daily Mail Australia. “I mean quite physically threatening. That’s been scary for some in the church.”

“One of the comments, for example, was a suggestion that people bring petrol down and set the church on fire,” Gill added chillingly. The pastor said that his church has 150 parishioners, and these responses have come after Bellbowrie Community Church put up a billboard defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

In an interesting twist, the person who shared a photo of the billboard on Facebook just happened to be an opponent of the message. Patrick Wood posted photos of either side of the billboard, with the message, “Their house, their hypocritical rules. Same sign, same day, opposite sides. I won’t forget their Marriage Equality stance.”

 

“God designed marriage between a man and a woman,” read the billboard. This was a direct reference to multiple scripture verses. Genesis 2:24 clearly states that “a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Jesus quotes this passage, endorsing the Genesis view of marriage.

On the other side, the sign read, “All people are respected and welcome here.”

While Wood and others interpret the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman to be exclusionary, meaning that LGBT people are not welcome, the one message is not incompatible with the other. It is fully possible for Christians to love LGBT people while disagreeing with same-sex marriage.

Indeed, a teacher from the New South Wales Central Coast told Daily Mail Australiathat the two billboards were consistent with the Bible. “This is not a contradiction,” she said. “It is perfectly in order and reflects our Christian ethos: acceptance of individuals regardless while upholding the sanctity of marriage and simultaneously rejecting SSM with its implications.”

Even so, the billboard itself was vandalized over the weekend, so that it read, “God designed marriage between a man and a man.”

Australia is in the middle of a nationwide non-binding mail-in vote on whether or not to redefine marriage, including same-sex unions. The ballots are due to be returned by November 7.

 

Gill, the pastor at Bellbowrie, said the threats leveled against his church over the billboard emphasized the threat to religious freedom if Australia redefines marriage. He wondered specifically about a church’s freedom to express biblical doctrine in public, via billboards or other messages.

“At the moment, we know we have that freedom but certainly down the track, we have serious concerns about whether we’d continue to have that freedom or not,” the pastor said.

Those who fear that same-sex marriage will undermine religious freedom need only look to the United States and Britain for terrifying signs that these movements may be incompatible.

In the United States — where the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodgeslegalized same-sex marriage in 2015 — many Christians who gladly serve LGBT people in their normal business have been attacked by the government for refusing to serve same-sex weddings. Notable examples include Washington state florist Barronelle StutzmanOregon bakers Aaron and Melissa KleinMichigan farmers Steve and Bridget Tennes, and Colorado baker Jack Phillips (whose case will come before the Supreme Court).

In fact, at least one LGBT group in Ohio announced its plans to target churches to force religious organizations to host same-sex weddings, regardless of their faith positions on marriage being between a man and a woman. In discussing cases where religious business owners choose to opt-out of serving same-sex weddings, openly gay megadonor Tim Gill declared, “We’re going to punish the wicked.”

In England, the speaker of the House of Commons recently declared that same-sex marriage won’t be “proper” unless churches cannot opt out from celebrating it. “I still feel we’ll only have proper equal marriage when you can bloody well get married in a church if you want to do so, without having to fight the church for the equality that should be your right,” Commons Speaker John Bercow said.

More directly applicable to Australia may be the opinions of its own LGBTI community, which seem very hostile to religious freedom. In a survey early this year, LGBTI Australians said they would oppose any legal provision allowing churches, ministers, businesses, or civil celebrants to refuse to take part in a gay wedding.

Fifty-nine percent said religious celebrants should not be exempted from having to serve a same-sex wedding. Let that sink in — nearly 60 percent of LGBTI people in Australia say it should be illegal for a pastor or religious minister to refuse to marry a same-sex couple.

Furthermore, 94.3 percent said a church or religious organization should not be allowed to deny use of its property for a same-sex wedding. When the respondents were asked if they would allow this exemption in order to make same-sex marriage legal in Australia, 90.6 percent still opposed it.

bill in Alabama might present the best solution to these problems. This proposal would outlaw marriage licenses, allowing the state to record a marriage via notary — without the need for a minister or officiant being involved at all.

“It is my belief that the state cannot make any kind of contract sacred,” the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Baldwin County), told PJ Media. Albritton does not intend to outlaw same-sex marriage, but merely to separate the state records on marriage from any religious blessing.

Interestingly, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, fully endorsed religious freedom last week. “Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Turnbull said. He even defended a church in Australia which refused to marry a couple after the bride posted her support for legalizing same-sex marriage on social media.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry, religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament,” Turnbull declared.

Even if religious freedom would not be weakened by same-sex marriage, the issue of transgenderism opened an entirely new can of worms — in AustraliaBritain, and the U.S. — about public schooling and parental rights.

Threats of arson against churches that support traditional marriage may be rare, but this event underscores the LGBT movement’s vitriol against biblical truth on sexuality.

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2017/09/21/lgbt-activist-threatens-to-burn-down-church-over-traditional-marriage-billboard/

Texas Democrat Uses ‘N-WORD’ In Tirade About Black Prosecutors

 

Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon is in hot water after a recording of him calling two-African American prosecutors “f***ing n***ers” surfaced on social media on Tuesday.

De Leon, a Democrat, apologized for the racist remarks on Wednesday but defended what he said as a “private conversation.”

“I want to begin by apologizing,” De Leon told The Brownsville Herald. “I want to apologize to the citizens of Brownsville or whoever had to listen to those tapes because there is a lot of profane language and that was a private conversation. It was never meant to be public, but it’s very important that people understand that I’m very apologetic.”

Transcript of the recording provided via The Brownsville Herald:

There are a couple of [F-word and N-word] that Luis Saenz is getting, and I don’t know where he is getting them from. They are coming down to my [F-word] city and now they are trying to [F-word] put everybody in jail because they think we are a bunch of Mexicans that hit our wives, which couldn’t be further from the [F-word] truth, but that is how they see us.

They are [F-word] … and I would say this, that I would never dare use that word, but you know what, yes, there are a couple of [N-word] in there that think that all of us are [F-word] taco eaters.

District Attorney Luis Saenz apologized to citizens of Cameron County for the offensive remarks that De Leon made, and he even appeared to apologize for hiring him.

“The people of Cameron County expect me to hire the most competent prosecutors that I can find, without regard to their race, and that is what I strive to do. Mr. De Leon’s remarks are very shameful and hurtful,” Saenz said. “It is extremely disappointing that they are made by a lawyer and a representative of the City of Brownsville.”

 

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Teen fired for opposing gay ‘marriage,’ accused of ‘hate speech’

it’s not about equality

 

CANBERRA, Australia, September 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — An Australian children’s entertainment company fired a young woman for saying on social media “it’s OK to vote ‘no’” in the country’s current referendum on same-sex “marriage.”

Capital Kids Parties owner Madlin Sims may have violated discrimination laws in firing an 18-year-old because Sims said her former employee’s view amounted to hate speech, The Guardian reported.

The young woman known thus far as Madeline said in various media interviews that she was let go because her Christian view did not allow her to vote yes in Australia’s voluntary postal survey on gay “marriage.” The plebiscite runs from September 12 through November 7.

Sims posted on Facebook that she had “fired a staff member who made it public knowledge that they feel ‘it’s OK to vote no,’” and that she viewed saying so as hate speech. The social media account was inactive at press time.

“Advertising your desire to vote no for [same-sex marriage] is, in my eyes, hate speech,” Sims said.

She said “there were prior conversations had,” so it wasn’t a case of “you’re voting no, you’re fired.”

Sims said having an employee who was “extremely out & proud” about her views on homosexuality was a risk to her customers and equated a “no” vote with being homophobic.

“It’s not OK to vote no,” she stated. “It’s not OK to be homophobic. This isn’t a matter of opinion or even religion.”

Sims’ brother reportedly asked Madeline to take the “it’s OK to say no” message down from Facebook, but Madeline had gotten no word from Capital Kids Parties until she was fired.

The Coalition for Marriage’s Bill Shorten declined to comment on this specific case but said, “People should not be dismissed from their employment for having different views about marriage equality.”

“People’s job security shouldn’t be threatened by that,” he said. “No one should risk losing their job because they are either voting yes or no.”

The Guardian report said the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Human Rights Commission affirmed it could be illegal to fire an employee or contractor for their religious and political views, along with their sex, gender identity or sexuality.

“You can bring a complaint on that basis,” discrimination commissioner Karen Toohey said. “It’s a decision for the ACT civil and administrative tribunal [to determine].”

Both Sydney University associate professor Belinda Smith and Tim Lyons, research fellow for progressive think-tank Per Capita, said the law protects political and religious views of employees and contractors, irrespective of whether they support or oppose gay “marriage.”

“If religious convictions are a protected attribute – as they are in [the] ACT – then generally it is not permissible to fire someone for those convictions. This could constitute direct discrimination,” Smith said.

She noted, though, that employers “can generally prescribe what workers can and can’t say and do on the job to clients.”

Lyons, also former Australian Council of Trade Unions assistant secretary, said it was “important to note that discrimination law works both ways.”

Laws banning discrimination based on a person’s religious or political convictions protect both sides, Lyons said.

“As long as the expression of your views isn’t threatening people in the workplace … and is not hate speech, then clearly you’ve got a right to your views,” he said. “The irony is that people on the right loudly protesting the so-called politically-correct thought police will have their rights protected by those laws as well.”

Saying “it’s OK to vote no” was “a pretty gentle way of stating a view” that would not constitute hate speech or vilification, said Katharine Gelber, a University of Queensland professor and free speech expert.

Any alleged violation of employer policy would hinge on whether an employee or contractor was identified with the employer on their social media account, Gelber said.

“It’s not unusual for employers, particularly in the public service, to have strict guidelines about political issues,” she said. “Employers are increasingly controlling the views of their workers on social media, which could be seen as an overreach.”

A recent poll conducted by international Internet-based market research firm YouGov indicated 59 percent of Australians said they were in favor of changing the law to allow same-sex “marriage,” with saying 33 percent they were not in favor and 9 percent who did not know. A Guardian Essential poll released around the same time had 55 percent favoring legalizing gay “marriage” and 34 percent opposed.

 

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/18-year-old-aussie-loses-her-job-for-saying-its-ok-to-vote-no-on-same-sex-m

Child Abusing California school board won’t let kids opt out of transgender indoctrinating lessons

ROCKLIN, California, September 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The California charter school board rocked by controversy over a five-year-old boy who transitioned to a “girl” in kindergarten has unanimously voted not to let children opt out of lessons on transgenderism.

After a five-hour, highly charged meeting attended by more than 500 people Monday night, the Rocklin Academy School board rejected a “model parental rights” proposal put forward by parents’ rights groups Capitol Resource Institute and backed by the California Family Council, Pacific Justice Institute, and Alliance Defending Freedom.

The model proposal would allow parents to review sensitive material before it hits the classroom and to opt their children out of controversial lessons that are not sex education. California law requires parental notice and opt-out for sex education.

And while the five-member board approved a policy to notify parents for lessons on controversial subjects, the amendment was “really weak,” says Greg Burt of the California Family Council.

“There’s no mandatory requirement,” he told LifeSiteNews.

The board policy directs teachers to “try to notify parents” when “something controversial comes up” but “doesn’t require any accountability if the teacher doesn’t do it,” Burt said.

Monday’s board meeting was the latest event in a controversy that erupted when a kindergarten boy transitioned to a girl in class at Rocklin Academy Gateway and neither parents nor administration were told beforehand.

The boy reportedly changed into girl’s clothes and was reintroduced to his class as a girl. Teacher Kaelin Swaney also read two pro-transgender books, including I am Jazz, in the lesson that took place just before summer vacation.

A number of angry parents complained to the board that their five-year-olds had been traumatized and were fearful they could “change” into the opposite sex.

The Rocklin school board countered it didn’t have to tell parents about lessons on transgenderism because it wasn’t sex-ed, and that discrimination based on gender identity is against the law in California.

According to a parent statement Burt provided to LifeSiteNews, the teacher refused to verify what took place during the initial lesson, leaving parents to find out what happened from their five-year-olds.

The board also refused to say what happened in the classroom, Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute, told LifeSiteNews in an earlier interview.

Moreover, when school resumed this fall, a Grade 1 student inadvertently “misgendered” the five-year-old “transgender boy” on the playground and was sent to the principal’s office, she said.

When the controversy hit national media, the board was inundated with “hundreds of angry calls and emails from throughout the country,” according to The Sacramento Bee.

Transgender advocates and parent allies were front and center at the September 18 board meeting, holding signs such as “Trans Rights are Human Rights,” “Trans Kids Have Courage” and “Love and Let Love,” it reported.

“It’s important tonight to support transgender children. It’s not about me. It’s about transgender children,” Beryl Mayne, an LGBT advocate, told the Bee.

Parents opposing the lesson and represented by parents’ rights groups were also out in full force.

“To teach my kid that biologically this boy was born a boy and to teach him that now he’s a girl is very confusing and I feel that it’s a lie,” parent Chelsea McQuistan told the meeting, according to Fox40News.

It was clear from the meeting the board remains convinced it would be “illegal” and “discriminatory if [it] notified parents ahead of time or had an opt out for issues of gender identity,” Burt told LifeSiteNews.

“The school district has the option to provide all kinds of opt-outs,” he said, adding as an example that students were allowed to opt out from looking at the recent eclipse.

“When you’re talking about something as sensitive and controversial as gender identity, for them to say they can’t provide an opt-out for parents is just flat-out wrong,” Burt said.

He says 40 families and 71 kids have left Rocklin Academy Schools over how the board “handled the transgenderism issue.”

And he expects that number will rise.

“A lot of parents were holding out to see what the school board would do, hoping that they would respond positively,” Burt told LifeSiteNews. “Now that they haven’t … I think you’re going to have a much bigger reaction. But we’ll see.”

His organization and other parents’ rights groups involved are also considering their next move, he added.

“We’re not giving up,” he told LifeSiteNews. “We knew it would be a long haul, and that initially they would reject our suggestions, but this is not the end of it.”

 

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/california-school-board-wont-let-kids-opt-out-of-transgender-lessons

Matt Damon Wants To Limit School Choice For Your Kids But Sends HIS KIDS To Posh Private Schools

Filthy rich actor Matt Damon continues his quest to limit school choice for regular Americans with kids trapped in public schools. Strangely, however, Damon also continues to choose not to send any of his four children to the schools he loves so much.

Damon was in Boston last week for a screening of the documentary “Backpack Full of Cash,” reports The Boston Globe.

He narrated the film.

The left-wing thespian who starred in “The Legend of Bagger Vance” discussed the documentary after the screening with a standing-room-only audience of teachers and education activists on the campus of Wheelock College (a private school where a year of tuition, fees and room and board costs $51,325).

Public schools have been “at the forefront of our family and dinner table conversations my entire life,” Damon — who sends his own kids to private schools — told the crowd, according to the Globe.

“Teachers have been increasingly beat up and devalued for the last two decades, and ultimately we’re all going to pay for that as a society,” Damon also said.

“To see these kids not have that kind of access — how many of these kids in these schools, how many artists have we lost? How many learners have just given up because they feel like this is not for them?”

The 90-minute “Backpack Full of Cash” documentary criticizes charter schools and insists that voucher programs, online programs and other new ideas must be shunned, and that America’s public school system should instead be infused with vast amounts of taxpayer cash.

The event at which Damon spoke was especially focused on increased government funding for music and art classes at public schools.

Damon, 46, currently resides in the fancypants Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades.

Like millions of Americans — except in the completely opposite way — Damon has claimed with a straight face that he doesn’t “have a choice” when it comes to sending his own kids to private schools.

“Sending our kids in my family to private school was a big, big, big deal. And it was a giant family discussion,” Damon told The Guardian in 2013.

“But it was a circular conversation, really, because ultimately we don’t have a choice. I mean, I pay for a private education and I’m trying to get the one that most matches the public education that I had, but that kind of progressive education no longer exists in the public system. It’s unfair.”

The actor and his wife, Luciana, have four daughters (one of whom is Damon’s stepdaughter).

Damon was a sheltered student during his academic life. He attended two public schools: Cambridge Alternative School and then the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, which is famous as the alma mater of Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Damon also attended Harvard University, but failed to graduate.

In 2011, Damon made waves when he gave a rah-rah speech at a Save Our Schools march in Washington, D.C. The thrust was that teachers are wonderful and standardized tests are really bad.

The website Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Damon has amassed a $160 million fortune making movies.

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Matt Damon Wants To Limit School Choice For Your Kids But Sends HIS KIDS To Posh Private Schools

Iceland’s Government Collapses as Pedophilia Scandal Rocks Nation

The coalition that comprises Iceland’s current government has become the fastest to collapse in the country’s history after a scandal involving pardons granted for convicted pedophiles shocked the nation.

It was discovered that Benedikt Sveinsson, a prominent businessman and father to the current prime minister of Iceland, played a key role in the pardoning of man who was convicted of raping his stepdaughter, which occurred on a near-daily basis for 12 years from the time she was 5-years-old until she escaped as a teenager and pressed charges.

Hjalti Sigurjón Hauksson was sentenced in 2004 to a mere five and a half years in prison, which stands as one of the longest sexual abuse sentences in Icelandic history.

“The details of the case are nothing short of horrifying,” reports Visir. “This summer the man was then granted a full pardon, despite the fact that there is no indication he has ever repented.”

“His victim has revealed in interviews that the man has continued to harass her and her family, among other things by approaching her six year old daughter while she was on a field trip with her school. The man was working as a school bus driver at the time.”

Icelandic law allows for criminals – no matter how heinous their offenses – to have their records and reputations effectively wiped clean if they seek “restored honour,” a legal process which requires obtaining at least three letters of recommendation to be considered by a governing body, among other factors and stipulations.

Hauksson, along with another convicted pedophile, was granted “restored honour” in a controversial decision by the Icelandic government this summer – and Icelanders were not happy.

News broke yesterday in Icelandic media that Sveinsson, one of the wealthiest men in the country, had signed off on a letter of recommendation for Hauksson, with whom he is reportedly friends.

Sveisson’s son, Bjarni Benediktsson, is the Prime Minister of Iceland, and head of its most powerful political party, the Independence Party.

It was also discovered that the prime minister has long been aware of his father’s involvement in the pardoning of Hjalti Hauksson, which has only served to fuel outrage amongst the country’s tiny population of only 330,000, where word travels quickly and political upheaval is commonplace.

“Initially the Ministry of Justice refused to disclose who had recommended Hjalti receive restored honour, but after concerted pressure – including a parliamentary committee ruling that the Ministry had gone beyond the bounds of the law to keep the information secret – the Ministry relented,” reports the Reykjavik Grapevine. “It was today revealed that Benedikt, who has long been a friend of Hjalti’s and reportedly visited him in prison, had provided a letter of recommendation for Hjalti.”

In response, the Bright Future party, which comprises the other half of the coalition government, announced their intention to sever ties with the Independence Party, citing a “serious breach of trust within the government,” which could precipitate the need for another parliamentary election less than a year after the last round of voting.

This is the third consecutive coalition government that has imploded with Independence Party at the helm, and concerns over corruption within the Icelandic political establishment have given rise to new factions, such as the rapidly-growing Pirate Party, who are calling for a five-party coalition government to supplant the one currently in place.

The Pirate Party, whose founding can be traced back to Wikileaks, are also calling for a new Icelandic constitution to be voted upon before the current coalition dissolves.

 

https://newswars.com/icelands-government-collapses-as-pedophilia-scandal-rocks-nation